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Poppy: The World’s Oldest Cat at 24

Poppy: The World’s Oldest Cat at 24

Poppy: The World’s Oldest Cat at 24

At the age of 24 or equivalent to 144 in human years, Poppy, a small tortoiseshell cat from Bournemouth in the U.K., has just been crowned the oldest cat in the world by Guinness World Records. She was born in February 1990. Poppy’s owner Marguerite West, who adopted her at age 5 said, “She’s deaf and blind and meows for everything. We call her stroppy Poppy sometimes. She can get up the stairs but we won’t let her walk down.”

West attributed Poppy’s exceptional life span to diet and exercise: “I guess she has a good diet and lots of exercise. She keeps herself fit by walking around and she eats a lot. She’s never been a big cat though. She is partial to the odd takeaway. We sometimes give her a bit of KFC chicken, fish and chips and even the odd bit of kebab meat.”

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